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2013 albums Lists

2013 Wrap-Up: Reader’s Edition

As you probably guessed, my relative radio silence here hasn’t just been due to grad school finals. ‘Tis the time of year for my annual “best of” lists and I’ve compiled all of my top tracks, albums and live shows of 2013. In addition to those standard lists, I added a new feature for 2013: […]

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albums Indie Review

Album of the Week: The Features – The Features

The Features The Features Serpents & Snakes Records/BMG When it came time for Murfreesboro, TN’s The Features to craft a new album, you can’t blame them for looking for a change. Venturing to Vancouver, WA must have been exactly what the band needed as they transitioned from southern rock to artful pop rock on their […]

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albums Indie Review

Album of the Week: The Shouting Matches – Grown Ass Man

At this point in his career, Justin Vernon can essentially play whatever music he wants. Not only has he gained that success, but have you seen him live? Dude can actually play every instrument on stage and he might be barefoot while doing it. Vernon serves as the frontman of new trio The Shouting Matches […]

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albums Indie Pop Review

Album of the Week – Little Tybee – For Distant Viewing

For only being a 5 piece, Savannah, GA’s Little Tybee sure sound like a near fully formed orchestra on their third release, For Distant Viewing. Orchestral pop is really the only adequate way to classify the new album as the band floats from alt country (“Boxcar Fair”) to indie pop (“Left Right”) to retro sounds. […]

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Afro Pop albums

Album of the Week: Wild Belle – Isles

No time for a full write-up, but I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the infectious reggae/jazz fusion of Wild Belle‘s Isles. Their debut is an excellent transition to Spring and will no doubt be permeating any beach scene you encounter this Summer. Chicago-based siblings Elliot and Natalie Bergman formed Wild Belle after growing […]

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albums Indie

Album of the Week: Minotaurs – New Believers

Nathan Lawr, leader of Canadian 12-piece Minaotaurs has downplayed his band’s new album as “political”, but it is hard not to feel energized and a need to be active by New Believers. The messages are often hidden between a diverse mix of brass, guitar riffs and keys, but easily evoked after repeat listens. While Minotaurs […]

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albums R&B

Album of the Week: Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience

Could there really be any other choice for “album of the week”? The first of two albums to be released in 2013, The 20/20 Experience showcases a more mature sound and growth reflecting his Justin Timberlake’s life right now. There isn’t a track as sonically groundbreaking as “Sexy Back”, but that wassn’t what Timberlake was […]